Johnny Huu Nguyen / AP
In 2014, the face of a 12-year-old boy has set a deep national accent. A black child, tears pouring down his face, grabbed a white policeman in a hug, just as bitterness tore the nation apart during Ferguson's protests.
Today, Devonte Hart is missing and dreaded dead after his parents and three of his siblings were killed in an accident. On Monday, a passerby spotted the family-owned vehicle on the rooftop in the Pacific Ocean at the foot of a 100-foot cliff in a rural part of Mendocino County, California, according to officials.
Parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38 years old, were both found dead in the SUV and shaken by waves that washed in and out, police say. Three of her children: Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 were rescued outside the vehicle.
Devonte, 15, and his two sisters, Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, remain missing, police say. 19659008]
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told a press conference Wednesday that while the police can not say for sure that Devonte, Hannah and Sierra had been in the vehicle, "We have every indication to believe that all six children were there . " 19659013] Allman added, "We know that a whole family disappeared during this tragedy and died."
With the help of drones, search and rescue forces continue to fish the shore and the ocean, Allman said. And the coroner examines the cause of death of the five regained family members.
In the meantime, the police are puzzling over what happened.
Allman said he has visited the crash site on Route 1 south of Juan Creek and "I can tell you that it was a very confusing scene because there were no skid marks, no breakages, no indication of why this was happening The vehicle crossed about 75 feet from a mud run and drove into the Pacific Ocean. "
Allman added," At this stage of the investigation, we have no evidence and no reason to believe that this was a deliberate act. "
The police are troubled by one detail, Allman said: "The fact that they were not belted is certainly a problem for us."
The police are seeking public attention 24 hours before the accident when assembling the helping the family last 24 hours. The harts are from Woodland, Wash.
"Gas receipts or hotels are things we're looking for, but we have not found anything yet," Allman said. "And in a car where the waves have taken everything out of the car, it's hard to find evidence."
The police do not know when or how the vehicle crashed off the cliff, Allman said. it is assumed that the vehicle had been in the water for at least several hours before it was detected.
On Friday, the Cowl County County Child Protective Services visited the Hart House outside of Portland, Oregon, to investigate reports of abuse or neglect, reports The Oregonian . Nobody answered the door.
The neighbors of the Harts, Bruce and Dana DeKalb, told the newspaper that they had turned to the authorities after Devonte had asked them for food several times and said that his parents withheld food as a form of punishment  On Saturday, one day after the attempted CPS visit, the family had disappeared, Bruce DeKalb told the newspaper.
Norah West, spokeswoman for the State Department of Social and Health Services in Washington State, reported The Oregonian that the agency repeatedly tried to contact the family to prosecute reports – any attempt failed.
The Associated Press reports that friends Jennifer and Sarah Hart, who adopted all six of their children as "loving, inspirational parents, promoted social justice and unmasked their" remarkable children "of art, music, and nature."  On November 25, 2014, Devonte participated in a Portland, Oregon. The decision not to prosecute Ferguson, Mo., white police officer Darren Wilson, is in the killing blow of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.
Devont's shield read: "Free Hugs". Bret Barnum, a police officer from Portland, came over to talk to him and included him in the hug offer. The freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen captured the moment and the image first released by The Oregonian quickly became viral.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, his parents wrote about the encounter and described Devonte The Oregonian :
"My son has a heart of gold, compassion beyond anything I've ever experienced but struggling with fearless life when it comes to the police and people who do not understand the complexity of the racism that prevails in our society. "